Golden is still golden

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Voters from Bay Ridge to Marine Park threw their weight behind Martin Golden in the 22nd state Senate District on Election Day.

The six-term incumbent creamed upstart Democratic challenger James Kemmerer with 69 percent of the vote on Nov. 4.

The race had been framed as a referendum on change versus the status quo, with Kememrer running on a reform-minded platform and Golden reminding voters of the gifts he’s bestowed on the district.

Golden maintained Kemmerer wouldn’t be able to bring home the bacon for constituents. Kemmerer charged that Golden is too cozy with big-money campaign donors.

Golden, a retired police officer, benefited from a district which includes conservative enclaves in Marine Park and Gerritsen Beach, as well as moderately Republican Bay Ridge.

During debates and other public appearances, Kemmerer blasted Golden for having an allegedly cozy relationship to several campaign donors. Whether or not that is the case, the incumbent appears to have the golden touch — he vastly out-raised and out-spent his opponent.

Since Jan. 1, 2013, Golden raked in $504,375.85 and spent $683,244.11, state campaign finance records show. In the same period, Kemmerer managed to raise $14,517.00 and wrote checks for $22,907.77.

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at or by calling (718) 260–8303. Follow him on Twitter @MJaeger88.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Bob from Bay Ridge says:
I guess it's a good idea to celebrate this "winner" if you're sucking up to him or afraid he'll get even with you, which sounds exactly like Golden! But if we had really fair redistricting he would have been gone years ago. Golden's area, drawn by other Republicans for all the years he's been there, is designed to suck in every possible Republican and exclude every voting Democrat in the area. And since voters approved Proposition 1, which makes the current crooked process a part of the Constitution, looks like it goes on forever! Way to go!
Nov. 5, 2014, 12:02 pm
Me from Bay Ridge says:
I heard that Bay Ridge Towers was thrown into the Sunset Park district after they surveyed it and more Democrats were found to be living there than Republicans.
Nov. 5, 2014, 12:37 pm
John from Bay Ridge says:
Golden won because he ran a race tightly focused on local concerns and constituent service. His opponent ran a race that concentrated on national Democratic party talking points. That's why he lost.
Nov. 5, 2014, 4 pm
Bob from Bay Ridge says:
Well you sure are working from the national play book, aren't you? Do you even know the name of the opponent (no fair looking!) Didn't think so.

Kammerer (there, now I told ya!) hit almost strictly local issues.
Nov. 6, 2014, 1:40 pm
James from Bay ridge says:
Golden is a terrible policy-maker for bay ridge, but we are stuck in a district with Marine Park. Gerrymandering at its finest.
Nov. 6, 2014, 5:36 pm
MJ from Bay Ridge says:
the election is over everyone.. time to prepare Thanksgiving with family. Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov. 6, 2014, 10 pm
John from Bay Ridge says:
Bob, you are mistaken and engaged in wishful thinking. I spoke to Kammerer several times and carefully read his campaign literature. As a registered Democrat the problems with his campaign were very clear. For just one example, repeated vague references to income inequality are not the way to conduct a campaign that focuses on local issues. You can pretend otherwise, but Golden won because he concentrated solely on nuts and bolts local issues, on an often granular basis. If the Democrats hope to win back his senate seat, the next Democratic candidate will have to do the same. If not, Golden will be re-elected again.
Nov. 7, 2014, 9:39 am

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